I volunteered to decorate an old Milk Pail that’s to be sold at a fund-raising Auction at the Litchfield (CT) Community Center in early July. I have until the end of June to complete the project. The theme is ‘country.’
I picked up the milk pail a week ago and have been living with it ever since. It’s a large, gray, cylindrical ‘elephant in the living room’ constant reminder to me to pay it some attention.
As per usual, when I accepted the challenge I thought it would be fun and easy.
Living with it this past week, I’m not so sure about the fun and easy….
I thought to copy some (or just one) primitive American farm scene/s, or maybe a Grandma Moses but as I researched these areas I felt that I wanted to do something that wasn’t necessarily easier but to me, more fun.
The inspiration for this design came from a painting I saw for sale on eBay many years ago that I saved to my computer. The symbols of sunflowers, crows, birds on telephone wires and blue sky says ‘country’ to me.
I worked out some of the design elements yesterday and then did a thumbnail sketch this morning.
I’m beginning to get a closer mental image as to how I would like this milk can to look when I’m done with it.
I’m also working on a list of supplies I’ll need in the near future.
1. 1 Tube Acrylic Ultramarine Blue
2. 1 Tube Acrylic Mars Black
3 Find and Unpack some of my art supplies — find brushes, acrylic medium, gesso (in lieu of tube acrylic white paint)
4 Designate and set up work area, lay down drop cloth
5 Stop and buy tubes of paint on my way home from work this afternoon
Good to have a plan!